Herman Lafayette Alley

December 17, 1919July 9, 2011

Herman Lafayette Alley, age 91 passed away on July 9, 2011 in Arlington, TX. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gloria Taylor Alley of Arlington, TX, 4 children, daughter Barbara Alley Austin of Austin, TX, son Herman Lafayette Alley Jr. of Lawton, OK, daughter Kathryn Gloria Letcher of Hartford, AL, and son Harold Franklin Alley II of Arlington, TX. Other family members included 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 2 daughters in law.

Herman L. Alley was born in Powder Springs, GA on Dec. 17, 1919. He was the eldest child with two siblings, brother Harold Franklin Alley and sister Ruby Pauline Alley, born to Luther and Ruby Manning Alley, all of whom have preceded him in death.

Herman Alley graduated from Commercial High School in Atlanta, GA and Georgia State University. He was a highly decorated military officer who landed on Normandy Beach D-Day in 1943 and was awarded 17 medals for his bravery and outstanding leadership including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for wounds incurred during his service in WWII. Mr. Alley served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, A Battery during WWII. He also fought in the Korean War. Later he served as a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserves with the Nike-Hercules Missile Defense in Alaska. Mr. Alley served the military for 26 years, he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and after military retirement he continued to work for the Army as Chief of the Visitors Bureau at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX for 17 years, until his retirement from Civil Service.

Lt. Col Herman L. Alley will be laid to rest at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Due to Cemetery floral policy, in lieu of sending flowers, the family has arranged for a floral account at Country Florist 817-277-4082, so flowers can be put on the gravesite monthly.

Lt. Co. Herman L. Alley, an American Hero, will be missed by many.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 22, 2011

Herman Lafayette Alley

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erskine ross

October 6, 2011

I went to Western Carolina College (University) in Cullowhee, N C with a friend whose name was Pauline (Polly) Alley. I am wondering if Herman was the brother to my friend. I'd like to hear of this connection as Polly was a good friend. Thank you and sorry for your loss in Herman's death. Sincerely, Erskine Ross

August 10, 2011

Dear Gloria
Ron and I are very sorry to hear about Herman's passing. We remember fondly your times in Pennsylvania when we met you and when you took us to one of Herman's service reunions. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With heartfelt sympathy, Peggy Cingle and Ronald Boettger

Shirley Wright

July 25, 2011

Thanks for sharing these memories. You're on our hearts. Remember how much you are loved! Shirley (Austin) Wright

Tracy & Todd Cochran

July 22, 2011

Dear Alley family - my brother and I have so many warm memories of times spent with your family and we are so sorry to hear of Herman's passing. Looking through the old pictures of Mr. & Mrs. Alley, and Lady and the house on Buck Road take us back to when life was so simple and reminded us of how much we loved your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

July 21, 2011

Our love to all of you.A very wonderful man he was,sorry to hear of his death.Wished we could have visited him one last time and said goodbye. Our prayers are with you sweet Gloria and will remember how loving you were to our family. Love Sammy and Sandra Cochran and Family..Powder Springs, Ga.

July 21, 2011

Please accept our deepest sympathies. May the God of comfort, Comfort your family in this time of grief. Atlanta,Ga.

P Sharpe ( Isaiah 12:2 )

July 21, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Fred Webb

July 19, 2011

Gloria, Barbara, Herman Jr., Kathryn, and Harold, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. May you find comfort and peace in your faith, and through your many friends and loved ones.